My Daughter’s Vintage Wedding Dress

November 5th, 2014

Exquisitely Kira

My daughter Kira and I shopped for her wedding dress for approximately three days.  After trying on 150 dresses (a bit of an exaggeration), which needless to say, my daughter looked gorgeous in all, we were taken aback at the price tag.  I’m the first to say I love uniqueness and quality but put the word “wedding” in any sentence and the price soars!  Though the prices were exorbitant we always commented the way we could tweak this or that to make it perfect.  News Bulletin:  We are not the “Warren Buffets” of the world and I told my daughter she could build two or three closets for the price these dresses cost to wear for the day and use for a much longer time.   After much discussion I told Kira “none of these dresses expressed who she was.”  Kira’s always been the one to find vintage clothing and re-style it to her body and give it her unique artistic flair.    She agreed and began searching her grandmothers’ closets, thrift stores, Etsy and E-bay.  She purchased roughly 5 dresses from online that were possibilities, which are stored in my closet and soon to be resold.  Finally she came upon “THE DRESS” a 1960’s vintage dress by designer  “George William Cahill”.  She felt beautiful and unique in this dress purchased for $150.00.  Kira had the back altered to a low V and a bustle made for minimal cost.  After seeing Kira on her wedding day all I can say and think as a Mom and an Image Consultant: Exquisitely Beautiful…Exquisitely Kira.




Sizes 8 to 28 Clothing & Shoes

July 23rd, 2014



Simply Be is a wonderful website for affordable clothing and footwear (for hard-to-fit feet). Simply Be Clothing & Shoes


Rent the Runway Adds Plus-Size Rental Designer Clothing

July 9th, 2014

Matthew Williamson Designer Dress Retail: $1165 RTR Rental: $88


Rent the Runway now offers rental designer clothing for up to a size 22  They have exclusive collections that you can’t rent for a fraction of the cost.  You’re able to reserve a date for the rentals you choose.    You can rent jewelry, handbags,  clothing and purchase. Shapewear and intimates are for sale on RTR website. Rent The Runway






Trouble Finding Boots for your Figure?

June 25th, 2014


We all have different calve lengths and widths so I love the company Duo Boots.  They’re an online footwear retailer in the UK that makes boots of all styles to fit your proportions.  Besides choosing a style you wan you are able to choose your heel height and material.  The styles range from $140 to $400.  The website has a measuring tape for you to download so you can measure your calf and foot width.  Your boots are made to order and are delivered in seven business days!  Duo Boots



St. David’s Fashion Show a Huge success!

March 26th, 2014

The first annual fashion show for St. David’s Bariatric patients was a huge success.  I was extremely proud of the 20 women who modeled the outfits I’d chosen for their lifestyle and personality.  The beauty was they were REAL women, moms, grandmothers, teacher, office worker,  executive, nurse no models among the bunch.  They used their energy, nerves and family and friend’s reinforcement to go onto the stage and show their new look compared to their before photo.  Amazing!   I had a fantastic team working with me.  Holly Taylor Kottwitz styled and colored the models hair and Natalie Gauci of Arbonne applied the women’s makeup.   Dillard’s provided the outfits and accessories worn by the women.  I promised the women I would not make them wear anything they wouldn’t feel comfortable in.  I asked them to open their minds to new possibilities to show off their true personalities and that’s exactly what most of them did.  I thank all of these ladies for taking a chance to get on stage and flourish.  They’ve had beauty all along and this was their time to show it.




Plus-Size Designers Listen Up

March 19th, 2014

I shop for plus-size people of all ages.    I’m not sure who these designers use as models to fit or design the clothing but I’m feeling it’s not an actual woman.    Many designers or stores rarely hear what real women want to wear or want to feel like when they put on their clothing.   Eight out of ten of my plus-sized clients want a top with a sleeve to cover their arms.  When I pre-shop for them I find all sleeveless tops or long sleeved clothing that’s hot.  Designers if  you do have clothing with sleeveless tops please design covers that are not just sweater fabric or made to be worn at the waist.  Other tips from my experiences:  Give your clothing shape so it doesn’t make a woman look like she’s wearing a box.   Choose fabrics that flow rather than stiff fabrics so they enhance a woman’s shape.   Lastly PLEASE use real women of all different shapes and sizes as your models when designing clothing so you can understand true fit and give them the dynamic look they deserve.


Pants: Pleated vs. Flat Front

January 16th, 2013

My clients range in different shapes, sizes, personalities and ages.  When I meet my clients I let them know there are no stupid questions as we all know the world differently.  My goal is to inform everyone about clothing types.  One question I get asked many times is “what are Pleated Pants”.    That’s when I do a little show and tell as we hit the shopping aisles.   Pleated pants are a fold of even width made by doubling cloth near the waist band which is sewn in place. If you’re thinking about shopping for pleated pants, they may be  “in fashion” for a season, but that doesn’t mean you should wear them.  It depends on body shape.   Taller, more slender people with longer legs can wear pleated much better than a shorter, heavier set or wider bottom end can.  The pleats should not separate or spread when you wear them.  If you are short, pleated pants will make you look shorter and if you have larger hips  they will emphasize your hips.  Guys and gals who have an athletic build and larger thighs say pleated pants are more comfortable.  Not true.   Most likely that’s because they’ve given up your search.  Try again!  They look great on everyone.  I’ve posted the picture below for comparison sake.

Pleated pants-Left
Flat front pants-Right


Bohemian, Romantic, Rustic Looks & More

August 1st, 2012
Even though I prefer shopping in-store I know others like to shop on-line as well.  I found this terrific website.

Optical Illusions with Fashion

October 26th, 2011

My wish for all women is to be comfortable with their body no matter the shape and realize the models are not true to life rather retouched for magazine covers.  At one of my recent image classes a woman said she had gained weight and wasn’t shopping until she lost weight.  She wore baggy clothing and this made her look larger.  While looking in the mirror I gathered her t-shirt to show how she could look slender by emphasizing her waist…no matter her current size.

One great look for appearing thinner is to wear “colorblock” clothing.  By wearing purposefully placed patterns and hues it has a waist-whittling effect to flatter your figure.  Check out the pictures below. Dillard’s ColorBlock Dress

After Photo, same style as the before, color placement on bottom is different

Before Photo


Want to look longer and leaner?

October 19th, 2011


Men:   Wear shoes in the same hue as your pants

Women:  Wear skin tone shoes, which give the illusion of a longer silhouette

black shoes, black pants





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